ASHTABULA — An Ashtabula police officer is charged with operating a vehicle impaired (OVI) after he was arrested Dec. 23, according to Municipal Court records.

Officer Terrence Tulino, 50, was involved in a motor vehicle accident, in which he was not at fault, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol report. However, Tulino was given a breath test, which showed .17, double the legal limit of .08, according to court records.

OHP Trooper James Cvengros seized Tulino’s driver’s license at the scene, according to court records.

Tulino, who serves as a school resource officer at Ashtabula Area City Schools’ elementary campus, is on paid administrative leave “pending the outcome of the disciplinary process,” Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell said. 

Tulino is not working at the school and another officer has been assigned to the school in his absence, Stell said.

At his arraignment on Dec. 26, Tulino pleaded not guilty, and signed a personal recognizance bond for $1,500 with the condition he does not operate any vehicle without the court’s permission, according to court records.

Tulino has hired attorney Thomas Simon to represent him, court records show.

When contacted by phone Monday, Simon said he had no comment on the case.

Judge Harry E. Field of Willoughby Municipal Court was assigned to the case on Jan. 2. Ashtabula Municipal Judge Laura DiGiacomo was disqualified from the case, as she knows Ashtabula’s police officers.

Tulino’s pretrial has been set for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in Municipal Court.

 

 

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